RootShield® Home & Garden or any other soil fungicides that work?


I think it may… So I am ready to few years of fight. I am going to dig as much as I could and use roundup (paint brash application) on what regrow. From other point, in several sources I found some info that I do not exactly understand(paragraph in bold bellow), but according to it the roots may not spread the disease, the soil does.

University of Illinois researchers have been looking at various bacteria and fungi, trying to identify the agents causing the problem and in the 1980s, they isolated a fungus called Verticillium dahlia, which was linked to horseradish disease at many locations in the United States.

Babadoost, however, was not convinced that this fungus was responsible for all the damage and thought that there was a complex problem rather than a single pathogen or disease. As a result, researchers identified 11 isolates that were initially known as Fusarium oxysporum. However, after further analysis, they found that six of them were actually Fusarium commune.

Researchers compared the pathogenicity of the two fungi species, and found that plants inoculated with F. oxysporum developed internal root discoloration. However, roots inoculated with F. commune had more discoloration, and 83 percent of them developed root rot by four months after inoculation. This was the first time that F. commune had been linked to horseradish disease.

So what does this mean for horseradish growers? Infected roots can be dug up, washed, and replanted, however, the process is not only labor-intensive but time consuming and the plants can still remain susceptible to the pathogens that remain in the soil.

Instead, Babadoost recommends that growers use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. Infected roots can be cleaned in hot water and replanted. Biocontrol agents or fungicides can be used to protect the roots from infection for 12 weeks, and it takes roughly the same amount of time for root damage to reach unacceptable levels.

“If these two techniques are combined, by the end of the season in the fall the roots are either not infected or discoloration from infection is negligible, so you can sell the roots,” he said.


Not sure - But maybe Lysol. I used to use Jeyes fluid in the UK years ago. But it may have been pulled.


If you are considering going to these difficult measures why not send a sample to a lab to be sure what you are dealing with?

Losing a stand of horseradish doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world and may not mean that annual plants will succumb to infection.

In 50 years of gardening I’ve never had to deal directly with a soil pathogen besides early blight of tomatoes- maybe I’ve been lucky, but I do work hard to keep a lot of organic matter cycling through my garden soil.

Incidentally, in case you missed it, research seems to indicate that a pH of 7 is less conducive to these diseases than more acidic soil.


Yes, I saw the pH statement, I just don’t know what will grow OK at that pH. Sample - I don’t know. i researched once and found that price is really not appealing. because even if I find what it is - will it actually help me to solve the issue? Not sure…


Cornell charges about $30. At any rate, I would see if other annuals suffer before I’d concern myself very much about the issue. Perennials suffer more from these types of maladies.


I looked again, and only found this:, even basic package is $60. Am I looking in a right place? Or there is something different for disease testing?


Contact your county cooperative extension and get a Cornell horticulturist to help you. You don’t evaluate your soil health, you analyze the disease infecting your horseradish.